yes it is a newer tank and I think it’s just ending it’s bacterial bloom, i acclimated them by placing half the bag water in a bowl then slowly adding my tank water for about 15-20 mins, then netted the fish and put them in the tank, I think may be super stressed. I removed my golden algae eater this morning because it was being a dink and probably stressing the fish outFishGirl38 said:Its hard to say, the better they acclimated, the faster they'll start feeling comfortable. Usually it takes at least 2 days, sometimes three. But longer than that and they didn't acclimate well and a water change might help.
How did you acclimate them?
Nitrates are just a waste chemical, even if they were high, the fish should still acclimate. The ammonia and the nitrite play a bigger role in them being comfortable right away. You want these two parameters less than .5ppm. Is the tank a new tank? Just do a water change? I don't understand where a high PH (hard water) would cause the water to be cloudy? So long as you're sure the cloudiness isn't caused by a bacterial bloom - which would also signal an ammonia spike. Than they should acclimate just fine. Bala's are hardy fish too.
It might also help if you turn your aquarium light off while they're getting adjusted. Gives them a chance to rest.
Are the Bala Sharks in the 32 gallon tank that you set up on April 1st (according to your profile)?Dgonc86 said:
Thank you very much for all the great info, appreciate the help and positive input.FishGirl38 said:Okay, well, bacterial blooms can be on-going...I get bacterial blooms in my tanks sometimes and they're years old. What is happening when your tank goes through a bacterial bloom (gets real milk cloudy for no reason [that is obvious to you] and then goes away in 2-3 days) is that there has been an ammonia spike, and the cloudiness you're seeing are the nitrosomonas/nitrobactr bacteria growing and readjusting to the amount of ammonia in the tank.
Its possible, when you added the 4 bala's, they put enough ammonia in the tank that kicked the bacteria into gear. This can also happen when we do water changes or change/clean out our filter, because we've removed some of that good bacteria and the colony needs to reproduce to keep up with the ammonia. This is why you shouldn't clean your tank and your filter at the same time - these bacteria live in your gravel bed and in your filter. How large is your aquarium? the smaller the tank, the more possibility for more frequent blooms - its a good thing, but it also means there has been an ammonia spike so when you notice this its always good to test the water and see if you HAVE to do anything to help (usually, the bacteria will keep it just low enough to control it).
and with acclimation, its really best to use the bag that came with the fish. Take it straight to your tank and stick it on the top (of the water - lol) for about 15 minutes. This way the fish get used to the temperature in your aquarium. After the 15 min mark, I open my bags and add a cup of water every 5 minutes until the bag is about half store water, half my tank water. At which point, the fish are acclimated to both my tanks temperature, and it's PH. (at least, they got a little taste before I dunked em straight in). Then I pour the water from the bag down the drain (or into a bucket if im working with jumpers), careful to keep the fish at the bottom. Once I've got as little water in the bag as I can, I release them into the tank.
I wouldn't use any containers that you've also used for other things. The reason is that any soaps, detergents, or oils that are still on those containers can get into your aquarium. They may not cause any issues, or they may harm everything in the tank without you understanding what's going on. its risky.
Additionally, netting the fish takes them from on gravitational and PH environment and then dunks them back into a different environment. To us its basic transport, they probably feel a cold and 'lung' crushing sensation for a moment on top of having the net scratch at their slime coat (their immune system). I'm being super critical there, you can still net your fish. But when acclimating, I really try not to use a net because that whole process can be stressful on them alone. Just some tips.
If you have added these 4 bala sharks to a 32 gallon that is 3 days old. Than your ammonia will most certainly spike, you shouldn't add anymore fish for the next, at least 2 weeks. and I recommend you test your water at least every 4 days if not more often. You didn't do anything wrong, but you're right at the cusp in terms of the amount of ammonia producers you should start with in that size of an aquarium. The above is correct as well, 32G is too small for full grown balas, you should re-home them when they're about 5 or 6 inches long to avoid stunting their growth. (or transfer them to a bigger aquarium. ).
It'll take your tank about 3 to 4 weeks to finish cycling if it is the 32G. (probably bowfront).